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Water Music: Making Music in the Spas of Europe and North America

Ian Bradley


Many of the most famous composers in classical music spent time in spa towns. At Baden bei Wein, Mozart wrote his Ave Verum Corpus, and Beethoven sketched out his Ninth Symphony. Johannes Brahms spent 17 summers in Baden-Baden, where he stayed in his own specially built composing cavern. Berlioz conducted in Baden-Baden for nine seasons, writing Beatrice and Benedict for the town's casino manager. Chopin, Liszt, and Dvorak were each regular visitors to Carlsbad and Marienbad. And it was in Carlsbad that Beethoven met Goethe. To this day, these spa towns continue to host major music festivals. ... More

Keywords: Baden bei Wein, Mozart, Ave Verum, Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Baden-Baden, Berlioz, Beatrice, Chopin, Liszt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195327342
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327342.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Bradley, author